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Self-Control in Sports –1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. As a team when we train, the aim is to at some point win games. These goals keep us focused and in control of what we hope for. In life it is important to also have goals; without them, we run aimlessly not sure exactly where we are going and how we are going to get there. It is important to map out on an annual basis what you would like to achieve in life and how you are going to achieve it. Below, write out the long term goal for your life and steps on how you are planning to get there. To achieve your goals you must practice self-control. There are many obstacles and distractions on your life journey that can prevent you from achieving your goals. Philippians 4:13 says that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Self-control takes strength to overcome temptation and God has promised us such strength if we are willing to be led by His Spirit. The strength of God is found in seeking first His kingdom and all these things will be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).

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